New Delhi: Facing factional feud in the Uttarakhand Congress after MP Vijay Bahuguna was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the state, the Congress has adopted a new strategy to quell the revolt by MP Harish Rawat and his supporters who are opposed to the party's decision.

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Adamant on not removing Bahuguna from chief ministerial position, the Congress has indicated to give due representation to rebellious Rawat and his supporters in the government as well as party organisation. To retain the dwindling support, the Congress has chalked out ways to control the leader by elevating him to Union Cabinet rank as well as giving his supporters a berth in the state council of ministers.  Considering the stance of the party high command, Rawat will take part in the parliament session beginning from Wednesday.

Scraping through victory in Uttarakhand polls, the Congress on Tuesday appointed Tehri Garwal MP Vijay Bahuguna as the new Chief Minister of hill state after it overruled a revolt by another MP Harish Rawat who tendered his resignation to the Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Following this the party high command became active after noticing Rawat's hobnobbing with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Failing to get majority in the state, the Congress has formed government in the hill state after taking support from Independents, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD). Losing any of the MLAs would prove fatal to the Congress in Uttarakhand.

If the sources are to be believed, Rawat has demanded 70 percent place for his supporters in the state Cabinet for giving his support to the Congress. However, in the present political scenario it is difficult for the Congress to fulfill his demands.

JPN/Bureau